5 Classical Music Faces to Watch that will Season

The classical music season sprawls over centuries along with the entire globe, a dizzying array of performances that will manages to include both multimillion-dollar productions in front of 4,000 spectators at the Metropolitan Opera along with intimate electronic experiments at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. A balanced cultural diet would likely include a bit of both, as well as generous helpings of the a few artists featured here; we’re particularly looking forward to seeing what they’re up to inside the months ahead. They’re musicians who unite virtuosic technique with boundless curiosity, creating brand-new works along with reshaping the way we hear old ones. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Julia Bullock

The word “luminous” gets thrown around a lot when that will comes to singers, although the soprano Julia Bullock has earned that will. Just listen to the way she sings, then repeats, then repeats once more, a simple question — “Am I in your light?” — in John Adams’s “Doctor Atomic,” capturing in just a few seconds a character’s love along with loneliness. When she appeared as Kitty Oppenheimer in a brand-new staging of that will work that will summer at Santa Fe Opera, Ms. Bullock brought brand-new complexity to the role: flintiness, obsession, intelligence, sensuality. She took nothing about the part for granted, just as she along with the composer Tyshawn Sorey took nothing about Josephine Baker for granted in their pensive evening-length reinterpretation of Baker songs, a work still in progress. that will will be among the offerings in Ms. Bullock’s residency that will season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an exciting showcase for an artist who unites vocal glamour along with deep thoughtfulness. She’ll also appear in a chamber style of Mr. Adams’s Nativity oratorio “El Niño,” along with in a program of Langston Hughes poems set to music. The residency culminates in a rare revival of Hans Werner Henze’s “El Cimarrón” (“The Runaway Slave”) for baritone along with modest ensemble — Ms. Bullock will presumably be watching via the audience — based on the story of an escaped Afro-Cuban slave. In June she stars alongside Davóne Tines in Terence Blanchard along with Kasi Lemmons’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” based on Charles Blow’s memoir, at Opera Theater of St. Louis. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Conrad Tao made a humble Lincoln Center debut having a piano recital one Sunday morning last December, in front of a white-haired audience sipping coffee. although there was nothing sleepy about his performance: adventurous, agile along with often electrifying as he navigated works both contemporary along with classical. that will season, the 24-year-old polymath can be back, today as a composer having a much larger platform: the brand-new York Philharmonic. In recent years, Mr. Tao has caught the attention along with admiration of Jaap van Zweden, the Philharmonic’s brand-new music director, who invited Mr. Tao to write a brand-new work for the orchestra. The piece, “Everything Must Go,” has its premiere on Sept. 27 along with can be intended as a curtain-raiser for Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Mr. Tao will also perform at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse for the inaugural program of Nightcap, an afterparty-like Philharmonic initiative created with the violist along with brand-new-music specialist Nadia Sirota. along with that will’s not all: Mr. Tao will be busy with the score for “More Forever,” a brand-new evening-length dance work Caleb Teicher can be choreographing for his company. The Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series will host a preview in October, ahead of the dance’s premiere at the museum in January. JOSHUA BARONE

Ashley Fure

Ashley Fure’s recent work about climate change wasn’t exactly about climate change. “The Force of Things,” which she called an “opera for objects,” was more precisely about the emotional impact, the permeating anxiety, of a mounting ecological crisis whose impact can be simultaneously omnipresent along with imperceptible. Singers whispered ominously in a language we inside the audience couldn’t quite understand. Subwoofers made sounds too low-frequency for us to hear, although the waves they produced had material — along with, indeed, musical — effect. Glacial along with scary, the piece conjured the internal along with external world in which we today live with far more acuteness than more overtly “political” compositions I’ve heard. Given its brand-new York premiere that will summer by Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, that will was work of impressive subtlety along with confidence. The brand-new York Philharmonic clearly has confidence in Ms. Fure, too: that will’s giving her its biggest stage, the opening slot on its season-beginning gala program, Jaap van Zweden’s first as the orchestra’s music director, on Sept. 20. Immersive along with hall-filling, the piece, “Filament,” features adventurous musicians — Rebekah Heller, Brandon Lopez, Nate Wooley, Constellation Chor — who are not, to say the least, Philharmonic regulars. that will’s clearly meant to be a loud signal that will a brand-new era can be beginning at Geffen Hall. ZACHARY WOOLFE

Nico Muhly

Contemporary music can be a rarity at the Metropolitan Opera, which didn’t stage John Adams’s “Nixon in China” — one of modern opera’s undisputed masterpieces — until more than 20 years after its premiere. Yet twice within the past a few years, the company has presented brand-new works by Nico Muhly, a wunderkind-turned-war horse. His first major opera, “Two Boys,” which ran at the Met in 2013, featured a fine, if unlikely, entry into the canon of great opera choruses: “U There? / Who can be that will?,” which radiantly evoked the frenetic energy of internet chat rooms along with the excitement that will comes with first speaking to a stranger online. Behind that will luminous music, however, was a dark story of catfishing along with violent crime. The tone can be not terribly brighter for Mr. Muhly’s follow-up, “Marnie,” which has its American premiere at the Met in October. (that will isn’t his only premiere in store for the coming season: The Tallis Scholars will perform a brand-new work of his at the Miller Theater in December, along with Trinity Wall Street can be scheduled for another in February.) Adapted via Winston Graham’s 1961 novel, which inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film, “Marnie” tells the story of an elusive young woman prone to theft along with changing identities. With there be any groundbreaking choral moments here, too? Mr. Muhly offered a glimpse in an interview with The brand-new York Times last year: “They can function as real people — inside the office, at the pub, at the country club. although they can also switch into a psychologically oppressive force.” JOSHUA BARONE

At 11, an age when many student violinists are still toiling through elementary études, Hilary Hahn made her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Performances with some of the great American orchestras — in brand-new York, Philadelphia, Cleveland — followed. So did her first album: At 17, she recorded three of Bach’s solo violin works, including the Second Partita along with its infamous Chaconne, an audacious choice for a young artist. Her interpretations were clear along with declarative, along with utterly convincing. As if that will weren’t enough of a statement, she also contributed liner notes to the album, which was a hit for Sony. In a 2002 interview with The Times, she was asked whether she would likely ever return with the remaining Bach solo works. “I don’t have any plans for them at the moment, because I like to still have them ahead of me for a while, something to look forward to,” she said. Well, 16 years later — along with just over two decades since that will debut was released — Ms. Hahn has finished the job. “Hilary Hahn Plays Bach: Sonatas 1 & 2, Partita 1” can be out Oct. 5 on the Decca label, along with her calendar for the coming season can be a victory lap of Bach recitals around the planet, including a stop in brand-new York during Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival on Oct. 23. JOSHUA BARONE